Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Andrea Ibessaine


Monarch Services is a non-profit organization within Santa Cruz county. The agency provides services for domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Campos Seguros focuses on providing resources and advocacy to vulnerable populations, specifically Campesinos (farmworkers). Violence and abuse perpetrated against farm workers is an issue that demands more public attention and advocacy. Campesinos are highly vulnerable because of different contributing factors, these include immigration status, work uncertainty, and language barriers. Consequences include trauma, lack of reporting, and vulnerability to labor trafficking. Sexual abuse is highly prevalent within the agricultural realm; many employers can take advantage of Campesino’s vulnerable position. Many employers within the agricultural field enact quid pro quo scenarios where they impose themselves on farmworkers who lack access to other job opportunities, live in farm worker housing, and aren't legally residing in the United States (Sexual Violence Against Farmworkers, 2008). The objective of this capstone project is to reinstitute a pre-existing program at Monarch Services that focused on providing resources and assistance to Campesinos experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Throughout the work with Campos Seguros, some findings that surfaced include the challenges of getting out into farms and connecting with Campesinos, especially during a pandemic. Certain recommendations to further this project include building connections around the county from different agencies and institutions. This initiative is also a goal best suited for a team of advocates, incorporating more personnel onto this program will strengthen the outcomes.